Welcome to the Alternative Durham Open Day website.
The Alternative Durham Open Days were created by a group of students after Durham University increased the college accommodation fees up to £7,353 for the 2016/2017 academic year, as well as increasing tuition fees for international students to £16,500 for non-laboratory subjects and £20,900 for laboratory-based subjects. This was despite multiple demonstrations from students at the university over recent years, including protests, and a Funeral for Accessible Education involving more than 300 people. Students have made their views clear through these actions, the student union and college common rooms, but we have not been listened to. The Alternative Open Days are, therefore, an escalation on previous actions.
Our demands are that college accommodation and international fees be fixed at the level of this year (2015/16), with a further two year freeze on each.
Everyone involved with the Alternative Durham Open Days is enjoying their time at Durham. Our goal is not to discourage prospective students, but rather to offer insight into all areas of the student experience. Durham University must address the issues raised on this website, in order to become a safer, fairer and accessible institution.
If you would like to get involved in the Open Days, please contact us here.